World Cup LIVE – England accused of ‘weak’ LGBTQ support
England have been accused by Ruth Davidson MP of being ‘weak’ and ‘bending’ from their principles after they decided to ditch the OneLove bracelet during the World Cup due to the threat of on-field penalties. The captain of the three Lions, Harry Kane, wore a FIFA-approved Non-Discrimination armband during his country’s opening World Cup match against Iran on Monday, when his country won 6-2.
Meanwhile, Welsh FA boss Noel Mooney has been furious with FIFA after Gareth Bale also had to scrap the OneLove bracelet against the United States. The FA of England and Wales issued a joint statement on Monday morning, along with Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland to confirm that they will not wear the armband throughout the tournament in Qatar.
Football is set to continue in Qatar today, with Cristiano Ronaldo finally set to kick off his World Cup campaign today when Portugal take on Ghana in their first Group H match at 4pm.
The superstar grabbed headlines ahead of the tournament after an explosive interview with Piers Morgan, in which he said he felt “betrayed” by Manchester United and had “no respect” for Erik ten Hag. And since then, the Red Devils confirmed that Ronaldo left the club “with immediate effect”.
Five-time world champions Brazil are also set to kick off their tournament when they go head-to-head with Serbia in the last match of the day at 7 p.m. The South American team last won the competition in 2002 after beating Germany in the final and is the favorite to lift the trophy this time after losing just one match since 2019.
Elsewhere, Premier League fans will be able to catch a glimpse of Tottenham star Son Heung-min ahead of those two games, as South Korea will play Uruguay at 1 p.m. The striker is match-fit, despite the fact that he was forced to undergo surgery earlier this month after sustaining fractures around his eye during Spurs’ Champions League trip to Marseille.
And the World Cup action begins at 10 am when Switzerland takes on Cameroon. The teams have been drawn into the same group as Brazil, so both sides will surely be desperate to get all three points this morning.
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